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Getting A Good Night's Sleep - Part 3

People never tire of strategising how to get a good night's sleep. I wrote Part 1 and Part 2 of Getting A Good Night's Sleep exactly a year ago, and whilst they still hold good for me as ways to get to sleep when I have trouble sleeping,  I did want to update the series. I have unexpectedly stumbled upon a strategy that has contributed enormously to my quality of sleep: a better diet.

Somehow, accidentally-on-purpose, I've been following a mostly vegan diet for the past month, and I sleep without any problems at all. Literally, like a baby. This is something that has never ever happened to me in my life. Although, I can put this down to the mostly vegan diet:

  • Meat at most once a week
  • No milk or cheese

I think the even bigger factor has been:

  • Vastly reduced sugar and salt intake
  • Vastly reduced caffeine intake
  • No rice, pasta or potato (except for sushi, very occasionally)

Not wanting to sound like a new age freak (and excuse me if I do) but there's a whole new world out there beyond sugar, salt and meat. And it's lovely to really look forward to and enjoy a coffee or a caffeinated tea, or a meat dish. Whether we like it or not, most of what we habitually eat is ordinary and average-tasting, and I just got tired of eating things that were not only ordinary and average-tasting but just full of shit to boot. Now, I try different healthy options, and there's a lot out there. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds. Plus, there's the added bonus of getting a good night's sleep.